I have no doubt in my mind that FROZEN will be a Disney classic. Right up there with Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. But this time, it’s not the traditional princess love story-nothing will keep the lovers apart and all else is sacrificed for to this cause. The 21st century blows right into the storyline, giving it a different direction: no evil arch enemy and the message that family comes first.
Meet Anna and Elsa:
They are two sisters who are very different. Anna is innocent, an eternal optimist and she personifies the word “fearless.” Elsa is regal, guarded, elusive and is living with a secret that is painful and can be dangerous. In the first few years of the sister’s lives together they were the best of friends-playful and close. Elsa’s secret has dramatic, scary consequences for her beloved little sister and she withdraws completely. She lives in solitude behind a heavy wooden door. No matter what Anna does to draw her out and rekindle the relationship they once had, sadly the efforts fall flat.
Elsa’s coronation day comes and Anna is ecstatic. She can’t hide her excitement at the thought of the castle’s doors finally being opened to others in the land. But this is where things go dreadfully wrong. Elsa’s powers take over when her emotions are tested. She flees with the intent of creating a new life, free but isolated. Anna, true to her headstrong beliefs, goes on a mission to reclaim her sister and to fix what damage has been done to their kingdom of Arandelle.
Anna sets out alone, but finds that she could use the help of Kristoff and his faithful reindeer Sven. This is where we meet Olaf. He’s sweet, funny and one of the most entertaining snowmen I have ever met!
And the action begins! The story is fast-paced as their exciting journey plays out. Freezing, icy terrain. An impossible trek up a steep hill through the deep snow. Blasts of ice shot at them. A huge, scary ice monster and wolves!
The animation is nothing short of magical. During my recent interview with Director Chris Buck and Producers Jennifer Lee and Peter Del Vecho, they told me that the production of FROZEN lasted five years. New animation technology called “Flourish” was created to put together a movie that contained the greatest number of animated characters in a scene and some of the details were the most intricate of the Disney animated films to the day. I was also able to see how much love they had for the characters and story and determination they had to create the story as they felt it should be told. FROZEN was based off of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen.” But instead of good versus evil, the writers wove a story of love versus fear.
Besides the animation being breathtaking, another incredibly strong point of the film was the music. The diverse songs made us fall in love with the characters. It rounded out their personalities and they are just plain fantastic. I hear them all day around my house. And although my kids really need to learn a few more lyrics so the ones they have down aren’t in a tight, constant rotation-I still love the songs. They are the kind that get stuck in your head but you kind of love it! I found a video of the characters: Josh Gad (Olaf), Santino Fontana (Hans), Kristen Bell (Anna), and Idina Menzel (Elsa) performing the songs and I really enjoyed watching it. You can tell that they have a deep affection for the music of FROZEN.
FROZEN is clearly a Disney princess film. The story is sweet, charming and there is a story of what love means. But it is loud and clear that this definition of love isn’t limited to romantic love. It drives home the message that the love between family should be strong and loyal. I want my two daughters to know this, and my son as well.
I loved this film. Hand down my favorite animated Disney movie of all time. The story-telling is artful. The animation, the characters, the storyline and the music make the film brilliantly well-rounded. I would highly recommend you watching FROZEN.
Have you seen Disney’s FROZEN yet? Tell me your favorite thing about it!
Disney’s Frozen is available on Blu-ray and DVD TODAY!
These great bonus features will be included:
The Making Of Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
- D’frosted: Disney’s Journey From Hans Christian Anderson to Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
- Breaking The Ice – The Real Making Of Frozen (Blu-ray, Digital)
- 4 Deleted Scenes with introduction by Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee
- Original Theatrical Short – “Get A Horse” (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)
- “Let It Go” Music Videos by Demi Lovato, Martina Stoessel & Marsha Milan Londoh (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)
- Frozen Teaser Trailer (Blu-ray, Digital & DVD)
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All opinion are honest and 100% my own. Disney provided an all-expense paid trip to cover the event.